15 Unique Wedding Cake Flavors to Consider
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Make dessert unforgettable with a wedding cake unlike any other. If you’re feeling a little daring, are an ultimate foody at heart, or want a cake as unique as your love story, you’ve come to the right place. Long gone are the days of chocolate or vanilla as wedding cakes have ascended the confectionary ranks to true masterpieces, both inside and out.
“I’ve been so happy to see more teas, herbs, and ingredients that are typically considered for savory food incorporated into cake flavors,” says cake designer Jasmine de Lung. With a menu full of options like blue cheese, earl gray tea, sesame, coriander, and feta, she is definitely a tastemaker when it comes to brilliant, one-of-a-kind flavor profiles and nudging clients out of their comfort zones. “The most unusual flavor combination I made that a couple actually ordered for their wedding was a sake wine cake with black sesame paste, wasabi buttercream, and nori flakes,” recalls de Lung. “Suffice it to say, it was controversially loved and hated.”
Meet the Expert
Jasmine de Lung is a cake artist with over 15 years of experience creating bespoke confectionary masterpieces. She is the owner of San Francisco-based Jasmine Rae Cakes and teaches workshops on the art of cake design.
If this is your first time traversing the landscape of interesting wedding cake flavors, de Lung recommends you ask yourselves as a couple if there are any tastes that hold special meaning to you and see if a baker can create something unique. You may end up surprising yourselves with what you ultimately fall in love with.
Remember that each tier acts as its own individual cake giving far more opportunities to experiment with wedding cake flavors.
With a little expert guidance, we’ve rounded up 15 of the best wedding cake flavors that are truly one-of-a-kind.
Peanut Butter Cup
Sweet, salty, nutty—this decadent delight checks all the boxes. Layer a chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream and chocolate and peanut butter ganache, then top it all off with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.”This is my husband’s favorite,” says de Lung. “Naturally, we include extra chocolate and salted caramel.” Yum!
Give your wedding cake a little French panache with the citrusy flavor of Grand Marnier. The cognac provides dimension to simple cake flavors and adds a little je ne sais quoi. If you’re not big on the Grand Marnier, any type of brandy can also be used to amplify the flavor of a wedding cake.
Tropical Coconut Guava
This flavor combination calls for a coconut sugar cake (which de Lung says tastes like graham crackers), coconut sugar caramel, and guava or passionfruit curd. “Coconut sugar does not liquify as easily as cane sugar,” explains de Lung. “So be sure to use an inherently moist cake recipe.”
Here’s the breakdown on this sexy little number: dark chocolate cake, cabernet curd, fresh raspberries, and french buttercream. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, de Lung recommends pairing with goat cheese.
If you’re on a budget, de Lung advises that “opting for sheet cakes to feed guests may help with the caterer’s cake-cutting fee.”
Bananas Foster may have been born in the French Quarter, but you don’t have to be in New Orleans to enjoy the classic treat. Build these quintessential NOLA flavors into your wedding dessert by combining a butter cake with a caramel and banana filling, plus rum and cinnamon.
This isn’t just any run-of-the-mill pistachio cake. This delicious dessert incorporates balsamic-soaked strawberries and refreshing rose buttercream. “For the cake, be sure to use a recipe that gives ample latitude for an enormous amount of nuts,” advises de Lung. “Also be sure to use more salt than usual, otherwise the pistachio flavor will be too subtle.” This is especially important if, like de Lung, you aren’t keen on extracts and opt for the real deal.
Try a chocolate cake topped with coffee buttercream for a buzzworthy dessert. Incorporate a coffee meringue buttercream, espresso Kahlua ganache, and hazelnut mousse all atop a chocolate torte.
“Did you say Meyer lemon?” asks de Lung. “Even if it’s a Eureka lemon, I love lemon to be super tart, darkened with burnt caramel and softened with something creamy. Lemon pretty much goes splendidly with any flower, herb, or tea flavor.”
“Salted Caramel” honestly doesn’t do this combination justice. Think: Vanilla-bean-browned-butter cake (drool), salted caramel mousse, and a baked crumble (yes, like the topping of a pie). Our tastebuds haven’t been able to recover after de Lung dropped this one on us.
Spiked Red Velvet
Whether you hail from south of the Mason-Dixon line or not, rich layers of red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Take your icing to the next level by lacing the cream cheese with decadent amaretto. This is a great way to gently push the flavor-profile envelope when hosting a bevy of picky eaters.
Chocolate and Vanilla Swirl
Ah, the taste of every childhood memory. However, this consummate crowd-pleaser need not be ordinary. “Since these flavors are so common and so familiar, it is imperative to use the absolute finest ingredients,” says de Lung.
Did that send you spiraling into a delicious spiral of autumnal reveries? If your nuptials are scheduled for the fall and all of its scrumptious splendor, we recommend you take note: An apple spice cake with roasted apples, brown sugar mousse, and topped with caramel buttercream. Now all you need is the matching rustic venue.
“I actually love Kalamansi limes, which I believe are native to the Philippines,” says de Lung. But naturally, our flavor expert won’t settle for just any key lime confectionary concoction. “I love to infuse the cream element with something like oregano,” she admits.
That’s right, we’re spilling all the tea on this one. De Lung suggest a pairing of Osmanthus tea cake with roasted apricots and Osmanthus tea icing. “Because Osmanthus tea is so delicate, you need at least two cake elements to include the infusion,” she explains. “I might also recommend introducing something with texture, but still delicate in flavor, like sliced almonds.”
For those of you that like ginger and spice and everything nice, a punchy ginger spice cake is ideal for any autumnal fêtes. Pair with seasonal flavors like maple frosting and vanilla bean icing for a festively decadent finish. We get all cozy just thinking about it. “I advise my couples to consider the time of year or if they’re getting married by the ocean because depending on the heat or whether certain flavors may be more challenging for the cake-maker to create,” says de Lung.
With so many wedding cake flavors to choose from, it can be hard to decide. We've rounded up unique options for you to consider.
55 Unique Wedding Cake Flavours Your Guests Will Never Forget
After a wedding cake with a difference? More and more couples are opting to serve their wedding cake as their dessert on the day, so give your guests a cake they won’t forget with one of these 55 unusual wedding cake flavours!
A traditional wedding cake is made of rich fruit cake, but nowadays couples are becoming more daring with their wedding cake flavour choices. With a variety of tiers, you can experiment with some fun flavours and still have a tier of traditional fruitcake or a simple Victoria sponge if you wish!
Depending on the look you’re after, a wedding cake can look completely classic on the outside, tiered and skilfully covered in white icing, but on the inside there are infinite flavour combinations to consider.
If it’s an alternative wedding cake that you’re after, there are a whole host of designs to try too (including these incredible drip wedding cakes).
To get your mouth watering, we’ve combined our own favourites with some of the unique flavours created by Suzanne Thorp at The Frostery, Roma at Sweetness, Charlotte at Langs of London and Ann at Ann’s Designer Cakes; the result is 55 of the most delicious and unusual wedding cake flavours… ever.
From classics with a twist, such as vanilla with a mango mousse filling, to vegetable cakes and boozy bakes – whatever you choose your guests will be delightfully surprised on the day.
There are bound to be a few chocoholics on the guest list — and chocolate wedding cakes double up as the perfect pudding for your wedding breakfast. Try one of these delicious chocolatey combinations that your guests might not be expecting.
- Chocolate covered strawberry cake
- Chocolate and peanut butter
- Oreo cookie and Toblerone
- Vanilla and chocolate
- Mocha spiced chocolate
- Chocolate fudge with dark chocolate chips and peppermint mousse
A gorgeous citrus-based cake will refresh the palette and is ideal for a hot, midsummer wedding. Follow in the footsteps of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who had the right idea with their delicious lemon-elderflower wedding cake.
- Italian lemon with homemade lemon curd and limoncello buttercream
- Lime with ginger cream
- Orange and berry with dark chocolate
- Lemon and white chocolate
- Light fruit and lemon
- Key lime cake with lime cheesecake mousse
Fruity and Fabulous
A fruit cake is a wedding staple, but you can give the fruity flavour an original touch with one of these gorgeous combinations.
- Pear and almond sponge with passion fruit
- Banana and praline
- Apple, cinnamon and raisin
- Raspberry ripple cake
- Champagne cream and fresh strawberries
- Apple and caramel
- Cherries and cream
Great for a summer wedding, a wedding abroad or a beach wedding in the UK, a tropical twist is exotic and bursting with flavour.
- Coconut sponge with spiced rum buttercream
- Vanilla sponge with mango mousse filling
- Buttercream frosted spiced coconut with coconut flakes
- Passion fruit and rum with vanilla bean buttercream
- Plain sponge with pineapple cream
- Banana and coconut cake with white chocolate ganache
These unique and fun flavour combinations will be a talking point at any wedding — and they work particularly well with a vintage wedding theme.
- Vanilla sponge with rose flavoured buttercream
- Lavender honey sponge with lavender buttercream
- Rhubarb and rose petal
- Red velvet vanilla with cream cheese frosting
- Brown sugar spice cake with a tangy cranberry filling
- Cinnamon swirled vanilla with cheesecake mousse
Take your clean eating to new heights with a vegetable-based wedding cake. Not only do they taste delicious but your guests will get the benefits of eating one of their five-a-day too.
- Orange and butternut squash with orange mousse
- Carrot and mango
- Dark chocolate and avocado
- Beetroot chocolate fudge cake
- Courgette and pistachio
- Cocoa and sweet potato cake
- Pea and vanilla with lemon icing
- Pumpkin and peanut butter
A Cuppa Love
If you’re a tea or coffee addict then these flavours, paired with classic flavours, are perfect for an afternoon tea-style wedding breakfast.
- Green tea sponge with green tea buttercream — or dark chocolate ganache buttercream
- Matcha green tea, caraway and sweet azuki beans
- Vanilla caffe latte
- English lavender with Earl Grey buttercream
- Coffee-infused mocha
- Espresso with white chocolate icing
- Chai tea with vanilla filling
Whether it’s sipping on a post-ceremony cocktail or raising a glass of Champagne during the speeches, weddings can be a boozy affair. Embrace the British fondness for a tipple with a cake containing alcohol.
- Champagne cake with redcurrant or blackberry jelly with crème de cassis
- Ginger and rum sponge with spiced rum buttercream
- Chocolate, Guinness and blackcurrant cake
- Amaretto-soaked fruitcake
- Vanilla sponge with strawberry and Pimm’s jam and cucumber and mint sugar syrup
- Piña colada with coconut icing
- Brandy apple
- Lemon and elderflower gin
- Pink Champagne with raspberry jam
- Chocolate red wine cake with blackberry preserves and chocolate ganache
Now you have the flavour decided, it’s time to think about the style of wedding cake you’re after. Browse our cake articles for floral wedding cakes, metallic wedding cakes and more.
After a wedding cake with a difference? More and more couples are opting to serve their wedding cake as their dessert on the day, so give your guests a cake they won't forget with one of these 55 unusual wedding cake flavours!